At the time of the arrival of the Europeans in the 1600s, both Iroquoian and Algonquian speaking people already lived in the Credit River Valley area. One of the First Nations groups the traders found around the Credit River area was called the Mississaugas, a tribe originally from Lake Huron. By 1700 the Mississaugas had driven away the Iroquois.
Toronto Township was formed on August 2, 1805 when officials from York (what is now Toronto) purchased 84,000 acres of land from the Mississaugas for 1,000 pounds and in 1806 the area was opened for settlement. Toronto township is not to be confused with the present-day City of Toronto, as no part of the former township boundaries survive with a Toronto address and all the draws that bring in the best Harbourfront condos agent. The various communities settled include: Cawthra, Clarkson, Cooksville, Dixie, Erindale (called Springfield in 1890), Lorne Park, Port Credit, Sheridan, Streetsville, Meadowvale and Summerville. This region would become known as Toronto Township. Part of northeast Mississauga, including the Airport lands and Malton were part of Gore Township. If you wish to learn more about the history of the city and the people, you can simply click on Heritage Mississauga.
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